Josh Ross has been an assistant coach at Western Michigan since March 2013. He transitioned to WMU as a member of head coach Chad Wiseman's staff from Olivet College, where he was also an assistant to Wiseman for three seasons.
Western Michigan concluded 2016 with a 9-6-4 record and the Broncos rattled off a six-game winning streak at the beginning of the season. The Broncos had five players voted All-Mid-American Conference and three earn NSCAA All-Region honors. Western Michigan’s five all-conference selections was the second most in school history, following Broncos’ six honorees in 2015.
WMU had one of its most successful seasons in 2015. The Broncos earned their first ever Top 25 national ranking, coming in as high as No. 18, and set a school record with 12 shutouts while posting 11 wins, boasting an 11-4-4 overall record. The Broncos produced four all-region players, six All-Mid-American Conference selections and an NCAA Statistical Champion, as goalkeeper Drew Shepherd was the NCAA leader in goals against average (.329). The Broncos defended their home turf, where the team lost just one game out of 10 matches and the team went 3-1-1 in conference play.
During 2014, Broncos finished with an 8-7-4 overall record, going 2-3-1 in the MAC. Western Michigan was ranked as high as No. 6 in the Great Lakes Region during the season. The Broncos defeated Akron for just the third time in school history, knocking off the No. 19-ranked Zips, 1-0, on the road in October. At the season’s end, three Broncos were named to the All-MAC First Team, two players collected MAC All-Tournament Team honors and junior Sean Conerty was the NCAA Statistical Champion for assists per game, averaging 0.67.
In the first season at Western Michigan in 2013, the Broncos finished as the MAC regular season and MAC Tournament runners-up. It was just the second regular season runner-up finish in school history and the program's fifth ever trip to postseason championship game. The Broncos finished with a 9-9-1 overall record, going 4-1-1 in MAC play, its best conference record in school history.
While at Olivet, Ross helped lead the Division III Comets to a national top 25 ranking and an appearance in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championship game in each of the last two seasons. The Comets finished 2012 with a 16-5-1, 10-4 MIAA record, setting the school record for single-season wins, MIAA wins as well as MIAA points (30).
Prior to the 2012 season, Ross added recruiting coordinator and camp director to his title.
Ross began his coaching career as an assistant varsity boys' and girls' soccer coach at Kalamazoo Central High School for one season in 2000. He then attended Western Michigan, where he earned one letter on the men's soccer team.
Upon graduating from WMU, Ross served as the head varsity boys' soccer coach at Otsego High School from 2004-07. He was named Wolverine Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006, and District Coach of the Year in 2007. During the 2006 and 2007 spring seasons, Ross was a volunteer assistant coach at WMU.
Ross was also the head varsity boys' soccer coach at Hackett Catholic Central High School for two years. Under his leadership, the Irish won the 2008 and 2009 Kalamazoo Valley Association (KVA) Tournament title and the 2009 KVA regular season championship. Hackett additionally claimed the district title, and Ross was named District Coach of the Year.
Between the 2008 and 2009 seasons at Hackett, Ross spent six months in Dundee, Scotland. While there, he trained and studied daily with the Dundee Football Club of the Scottish First Division, as well as the Broughty Athletic Football Club in the Scottish Junior Football Association.
A resident of Kalamazoo, Ross earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical science from Western Michigan in 2005 and completed a master's degree in sports management from WMU in spring 2011.